A Rural County's Innovation Keeps Youth Out of Court | August 14, 2013

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Rural Georgia isn't necessarily the kind of locale generally associated with progressive juvenile justice policies. Yet alternatives to detention are thriving here -- and credited with saving young lives and taxpayer dollars. Get the story from the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE).
 
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This article is the first in a series exploring community-based alternatives as part of JJIE's focus on effective juvenile justice reform trends, which launched this spring with an in-depth look at mental health and substance abuse.

In addition to this reporting, JJIE has launched the Juvenile Justice Resource Hub that offers research and information on critical issues in juvenile justice.
 
The Hub and content are powerful resources for practitioners, reformers, policymakers, journalists and anyone who cares about youth well-being. Help spread the word.

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